Interview with Stacey Culpepper

Published 2015-05-05.
What are you working on next?
Right now I'm working on making my books available to readers on all levels. I'm looking for schools, libraries, even businesses with waiting rooms to carry my stories. I like to promote early childhood reading and positive imagery in written messages.
Who are your favorite authors?
I've enjoyed reading Dean Koontz, Maya Angelou, John Steptoe, Judy Blume and a mountain of other authors. I also like the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe and various works of Nikki Giovanni. Currently I really like the writing style of Alexander Kwame.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life! It may sound cliche but I have a lot to be grateful for and hold on to my inner happiness no matter what.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do volunteer mentorship for women and children in local communities, I also read a variety of pieces, and I enjoy music and dancing. I love having gatherings with my family and friends eating and conversating.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually through author sites that promote E-books or through writing groups that I'm involved in. I try to support up and coming authors or those who are undervalued because they are not a part of mainstream genres.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I'd rather not mention the year but I was about seven years old! It was a short story about my first dog Toby! Unfortunately someone stole him so writing actually helped me express my grief in a balanced way.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
There is a huge learning curve out there for marketing indie authors, so I'm far from an expert. I have a lot to learn. Smashwords has been a tremendous resource for me in this venture. I like the exposure they give and the little hand holding if I need it.
Describe your desk
Contemporary black desk with picture window and a view of Mt. Baldy on most days. A small black clock radio, black lamp with teal lampshade. Two matching black candle holders with teal candles. My laptop and a drawer full of pens, highlighters and the occasional Hershey's kiss to hold me over. My printer is on the left on top of course a black file cabinet. To my right is a small one drawer teal table with another black candle holder with a teal candle. There my calculator, rubber bands, and other small items rest in a little black organizer.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in several places. Born in Los Angeles, lived in Indianapolis a few years, then the outer suburbs of LA. As an adult lived in the country of Panama, NYC, then Southern California. Living in these diverse environments stimulated an already active imagination and enhanced my zest for life and all its variety.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, Priscilla's Homecoming was inspired by an Oprah Winfrey interview of writer Edward Ball who has southern roots. This led him to the discovery of slaves in his family. He became intrigued by a young girl noted in one of the slave ledgers he found and naturally my interest was piqued. It was not the underlying story about slavery that drew me in. I needed to know what became of Priscilla and felt young readers also needed to learn about her story of triumph despite hardship. The strength it took her to survive her ordeal is pretty phenomenal.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just wanted my voice to resonate with young minds and leave a positive impression in the world of writing.
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Books by This Author

Priscilla's Homecoming Across The Sea
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 1,160. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2015 . Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Africa
(5.00 from 1 review)
Real life experience about a child kidnapped from her village in Sierra Leone, Africa in 1756. She survived the middle passage thousands of miles across the ocean. She was sold to a South Carolina plantation owner who kept strict records which gives us a glimpse into her life. Young people will be inspired by the courage of a little girl who symbolically made her way back home.
Body Of Music
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 1,650. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Multigenerational, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Multigenerational
A young girls' love of singing is hampered by her stage fright. Her parents and grandparents are all singers. Music envelopes her life. How will she overcome her phobia to perform a song live for a special event?